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A Circular Economy Handbook

How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business

Learn how circular economies can optimize business models and supply chains to regenerate rather than waste and degrade resources.
EAN: 9781789665314
Edition: 2
432 pages

About the book

WINNER: 2018 Les Plumes des Achats & Supply Chain - The Committee Special Prize

The growing global consumption of resources highlights that our current approaches to production and business are fundamentally flawed and will rapidly become outdated and problematic. Engaged businesses are now increasingly re-thinking product design, material choices, business models and supply chains, and adopting the principles of the circular economy. Through decoupling resources from consumption, products and materials remain in use, waste is reduced and cost-savings are increased. A Circular Economy Handbook is the comprehensive guide to the circular economy and is designed to help the reader create future-fit, sustainable strategies moving forward.

Now in its second edition, A Circular Economy Handbook provides a holistic framework for the design of supply chain and supporting business models and includes tools the reader can use to generate ideas. Using real examples across a range of market sectors, this is a must-read for businesses, students and policymakers to understand the theory and fast-developing practice of the circular economy.

About the authors

Catherine Weetman

Catherine Weetman helps businesses develop 'future proofed', resilient strategies, assessing sustainability risks and value opportunities, majoring on the circular economy. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, UK, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation, UK and Vice-Chair of its Environment and Sustainability Forum. Catherine Weetman's background includes industrial engineering in manufacturing and retail distribution, logistics solution design, project management, business intelligence, logistics product development and supply chain consulting. Her career covers food, fashion and logistics, including Tesco Distribution, Kellogg Company and DHL Supply Chain. She has specialist knowledge of sustainable business models, supply chain design and risk, inventory management and demand forecasting. Catherine Weetman founded Re-think Solutions to 'make sense of sustainability' for businesses, exploring business risks and value opportunities. She helps organisations to evaluate emerging, sustainable business models, such as the circular economy, product-service systems, and the sharing economy, and then to redesign business strategy and the supply chain. Catherine has an MSc in Logistics and Distribution from Cranfield University. She has won a number of awards including the Director's Prize for Outstanding Achievement at Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Transportation, and the British Clothing Industries Association Business Fellowship Award.

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A confident, comprehensive text allowing access to all the major strands contributing to business opportunities in a circular economy. It is brimming with facts, case studies and references for further study. A very timely publication indeed!

Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation